Fonds OHS 88 - Map of the Town of Philipstown, King's County, estate of 4th Viscount Molesworth

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Map of the Town of Philipstown, King's County, estate of 4th Viscount Molesworth


  • 1786 (Creation)

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Arthur Richards Neville was in practice as a land surveyor from the 1780s or earlier. He became Dublin City Surveyor in 1801 and retained the post until his death in 1828, when he was succeeded by his son, Arthur Neville.


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Private donation by Michael Byrne.

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Canvas-backed paper map of the former county town of Philipstown (Daingean) compiled by Arthur Richards Neville in June 1786 for Richard Nassau Molesworth, 4th Viscount Molesworth (1748-1793). The map covers 2887 statute acres and includes environs of the town. The plots are numbered 1-130 with an accompanying reference table describing the contents of each land-holding unit. The reference is tabular, listing tenants' name, description of the holdings (e.g. 'a very fine farm all good meadow', 'good high Meadow & Pasture', 'great red bog', 'poor ground' etc) a yearly value and a sum total of the east and south east side of Philipstown.

Scale 20 perch to the inch (1:5040)

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By appointment only. Contact Offaly Archives at [email protected]

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May be reproduced in accordance with provisions of the Copyright and Related Rights Act (2000). No reproduction online, in print or broadcast without the express permission of copyright holder.

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Map had previously been preserved folded, showing significant cracking at its creases and much of the original colour fading. Map underwent conservation in July 2023. The original linen backing was removed and replaced with Japanese paper backing. Cracks were repaired and map was cleaned.

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This map was conserved by conservator Liz D'Arcy, Paperworks in July 2023 with funding received from the Heritage Council as part of the 2023 Capacity Fund.

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